The world was watching on a sellout crowd in Oracle Arena in Oakland California. The Golden State Warriors are making history as they try to go where no team in the NBA has been… 16-0. And the Warriors changed history against the NBA’s second worst team of the season, the LA Lakers.
It was sort of a done deal, but Kobe Bryant is defiant against the unbeatable warriors. He has done that before… breaking hearts, breaking history by scoring 81 points in the modern NBA. He would never let this happen. A 27 year old Kobe would defy all odds and stop a raging team, but not the 37 year old Kobe – When the mind is willing but the flesh is weak. A surgically repaired knee and a bruised up body not to mention a team that lacks identity, those are the perfect equation for disaster.
The Lakers gave up little contention as Kobe finished the night equaling his worst shooting performance in his career. He was 1 out of 7 from the 3 point range and missed 13 out of his 14 shots. There were bad shots and air balls, when everybody’s watching and anticipating a brilliant game from Kobe, Kobe ended the game miserably. This was inevitable for a struggling superstar who aged considerably fast in the season. When everyone thought Kobe would get his six title equaling Michael Jordan’s legacy, when everyone thought Kobe would defy nature and found the fountain of youth… those pile of expectations are answered with a harsh reality – Father time always win.
The Golden State Warriors made history that night. 16-0 is no easy feat. Stephen Curry is now the new sheriff in town as Kobe Bryant concedes his fate. The win was breath taking but in the same time heartbreaking.
The Mamba just lost his venom.